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9.05.2008

vile butler

Here's Richard Butler, sandpapering his way through a couple of Kurt Weill songs. The first one is the Psychedelic Furs' version of "Mack the Knife," initially a b-side of the British single of "Pretty in Pink" (the original, enormously superior version), later a b-side of 1987's "Angels Don't Cry," and here taken from the band's 1994 collection Here Came the Psychedelic Furs: B-sides & Lost Grooves. Finally, it showed up on the reissued version of the first album. Whew!

The second is a version of "Alabama Song" from the Hal Wilner-produced tribute to the music of Kurt Weill Lost in the Stars. (There was a second, later Wilner tribute to Weill, but it's nowhere near as impressive.) Here, Butler's vocals are accompanied by Ralph Schuckett's arrangement and chorus vocals from Bob Dorough, Ellen Shipley, and John Petersen.

The Psychedelic Furs "Mack the Knife" (b-side, 1980)
Richard Butler and Ralph Schuckett "Alabama Song" (Lost in the Stars, 1985)

1 comment:

Number1Albums.com said...

Richard Butler is one of the most underrated vocalists of the post-punk era....Thanks for reminding me.